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 Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Just posted: Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D FF Lens Review.

The Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D is a good lens at an attractive price.

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Post Date: 2/20/2024 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 19, 2024

A relevant question, one I was recently asked, is: how does the Canon EOS R6 Mark II compare to the Canon EOS R5, shown to the right of the R6 II in this post's image?

The R6 II vs. R5 specification comparison and visual comparison tell much of the story, but here are the differences between the Canon EOS R6 Mark II and the R5:

The R6 II advantages over the R5:

  • Higher performing DIGIC X processor
  • 40 fps continuous shooting vs. 20 fps
  • Slightly faster imaging sensor readout speed (14.5 vs. 16.3 ms
  • AF working range of EV -6.5 to 21 vs. -6 to 20
  • Significantly improved AF system, including separation of AF areas and subject detection and tracking
  • Up to ISO 204800 vs. 102400
  • Canon LOG 3 vs. Canon LOG
  • Movie length max duration 6 hours vs. 29:59
  • 3- or 5-second movie prerecord available
  • Detect Only AF stops autofocusing when subject exits frame, and aspect ratio markers matching social media sites are available
  • Supports focus breathing correction during movie recording
  • Has a physical stills / movie switch
  • RAW Burst Mode with 0.5-second Pre-Shooting
  • Focus Bracketing with Depth Compositing available in-camera
  • Enhanced HDR performance, including Moving Subject HDR (one shot captured at a base ISO of 800)
  • HF light flicker (as in R3)
  • Optical viewfinder simulation
  • Digital 2x and 4x extender (JPG support only)
  • Multi-function hot shoe
  • Improved battery life — 760 vs. 490 with LCD, and 450 vs. 320 with viewfinder
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth have a simplified network menu
  • MFI cable compatibility for direct device connectivity
  • Moderately less expensive

The R5 advantages over the R6 II:

  • 45.0 MP imaging sensor vs. 24.2 MP
  • 5.76 million dot EVF vs. 3.69 million dots
  • 3.15" (8.01cm) LCD with approx. 2.10 million dots vs. 2.95" (7.50cm) with 1.62 million dots
  • Has Dual Pixel RAW
  • Has a PC terminal
  • Has a top LCD
  • Has a multi-function dial and mode button vs. mode dial
  • 8K and 4K 120p vs. 4K, 60p
  • 500,000 actuation shutter durability rating vs. 400,000
  • CFexpress Type B and SD/SDHC/SDXC vs. Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC

The higher resolution imaging sensor is the R5's primary advantage from my perspective, and this camera remains my first choice. If 24.2 MP is acceptable for your needs, the R6 II is likely your best choice.

As always, let me know if I missed a differentiator.

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Post Date: 2/19/2024 10:25:29 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 15, 2024

Resolution test results from the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens are now available on the Sony Alpha 9 III page.

While these results appear normal for a 24 MP imaging sensor (compared to the a9 II), normal is remarkable in light of the global shutter upgrade. Here are more comparisons:

Compared to the a1

Compared to the Canon R6 Mark II

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Post Date: 2/15/2024 9:53:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Sony Alpha 9 III is here, and it is time to set up this camera. This powerhouse of a camera may seem daunting to set up, but the process is not burdensome and not unlike other recent high-end Sony Alpha cameras. The following steps prepare a factory-initialized a9 III for use.

  1. Charge the battery
  2. Record the serial number, and add the camera to your insurance policy
  3. Download and install the latest version of Sony Imaging Edge or your favorite RAW image processing software.
  4. Insert the charged battery and a memory card(s) (we'll format it later), and power on the camera
  5. Answer the power-on prompts, including setting the time zone and date
  6. Select M mode, press "Menu", and configure the camera as follows:
  7. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: File Format: RAW; RAW File Type: Lossless Compressed L (full image quality reduced file size)
  8. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Long Exposure NR: Off (I enable this option for very long exposures)
  9. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: High ISO NR: Low
  10. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Lens Compensation: Shading Chromatic Aberration and Distortion Comp: All Off (I use the RAW processing software to enable any lens compensation with CA correction frequently selected)
  11. Shooting > 2 Media: Format (ensure there are no important files on the card(s) prior to formatting)
  12. Shooting > 3 File: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On Set Photographer: [your name]; Set Copyright: [as desired]; Write Serial Number: On (entering this information on the touchscreen may be a painful process)
  13. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Self-timer Type: Self-timer(Single): 2 sec
  14. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Bracket Settings: Self-timer during Bracket: 2 Sec, Bracket order: ->0>+ (optimizes image order for HDR processing)
  15. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  16. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Card: Disable (should be the default)
  17. Shooting > 10 Shooting Display: Grid Line Display: On (Rule of Thirds selected)
  18. Exposure/Color > 3 Metering: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  19. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: D-Range Optimizer: Off
  20. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: Creative Look: NT (Neutral) Sharpness = 1 (this setting provides a low contrast histogram that better shows exposure latitude. I usually process with the default creative style in Capture One or profile in Lightroom)
  21. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-S: AF (in focus is my priority)
  22. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-C: AF (in focus is my priority)
  23. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Focus Area: Spot: S (this setting is often changed)
  24. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Switch V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  25. Focus > 4 Initial Focus Mag.:c x2.9
  26. Focus > 5 Peaking Display: On
  27. Focus > 5 Peaking Level: Low
  28. Playback > 4 Delete: "Delete" first
  29. Playback > 7 Playback Option: Display Rotation: Off (image always fills LCD)
  30. Network > 7 Network Option: Airplane Mode: On
  31. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Dial/Wheel: Front Dial: Av/Tv (Tv in M mode) (I adjust the shutter speed more frequently and urgently than the aperture and the front dial is easier to access quickly); Rear Dial: Av/Tv (Av in M mode); Rear Control Wheel: Av/Tv (Av in M mode)
  32. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: DISP (Screen Disp) Set: Monitor: Uncheck For viewfinder press [enter]
  33. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Panel/Pad: Both Valid
  34. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Pad Settings: Shooting Screen: Touch Position Mode: Relative Position
  35. Setup > 10 Sound Option: Audio Signal(Shooting): Off (how to turn off the AF beep sound)
  36. Setup > 13 Setup Option: Anti-dust Function: Curtain when Pwr OFF: On (closes a mechanical shutter on power off to avoid dust on the sensor)
  37. My Menu: Format, Anti-flicker Set., Steady Shot, Flash Comp., Recognition Target
  38. View the menu (it is always sharp) through the viewfinder while adjusting the diopter

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do, including in RAW-only format. While this setup works optimally for me, you should adjust the camera to your needs.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime the camera is set to the factory state, such as when serviced or when acquiring an additional camera, the list will ensure all settings are quickly re-established. Better still, save the camera settings to a memory card (Setup > 2: Reset/Save Settings menu: Save/Load Settings: Save) for an easy restore or replication. The setup file can be copied to a computer drive for long-term storage.

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Sony Alpha 9 III

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 10:42:59 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2024

Hundreds of hours, thousands of manual changes, and hundreds of thousands of programmatic updates bring the site to the latest design iteration.

Updates include:

  • A "Table of Contents" positioned near the top of most reviews facilitates jumping directly to a review section, "Image Quality" for example.
  • A "Verdict", "Pros", and "Cons" are now the first review content in the most recently updated reviews (Canon RF and Sony FE lenses). Expect these features to be standard in future reviews, and I'll update older reviews if time permits.
  • Comparison images in reviews are now optionally loaded, omitting a sometimes-significant download when not needed.
  • Modest graphic design updates are in place.
  • A myriad of under the covers changes, including significant speed optimizations.

Go to the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens review for a look at what has changed.

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 9:59:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Updated: Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens Review.

I promised to add sample images to this review. You will find them in the focal length range discussion.

Also, four 800mm f/9 100% crops showing distant bird feather detail are now available in the image quality discussion. Remember that browsers may auto enlarge images on high resolution displays, reducing the sharpness appearance.

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Post Date: 2/7/2024 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 5, 2024

One of the decision factors between the RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z and the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM is the strength of the background blur they can create. So, I wanted to illustrate that difference.

Head over to the just updated RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z review to see the background blur difference between 105mm f/2.8 and f/4 created using the f/2.8 lens. View both the full-size reduced and 100% crop image comparisons.

The answer is yes.

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Post Date: 2/5/2024 2:08:34 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 29, 2024

Introducing: Nextorage CFexpress Type B and SDXC Memory Cards.

Add Nextorage to your preferred memory card trusted brand short list.

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Post Date: 1/29/2024 8:58:53 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 8, 2024

Just posted: Canon RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.

This lens fills a void in the Canon lineup. I intend to add sample photos to this review.

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Post Date: 1/8/2024 8:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Just posted: Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens Review.

Note that the review still needs sample photos added. Wildlife has been uncooperative, but I didn't want to hold back the rest of the review for that matter.

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Post Date: 1/3/2024 9:52:39 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Just posted: Canon RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z Lens Review.

This lens is another high-performing member of the Canon L-series.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/2/2024 9:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Image quality, distortion, flare, and vignetting test results are now available on the Canon RF 24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z Lens page.

Here are some comparisons to get you started:

Compared to the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens (at f/4)

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Post Date: 12/19/2023 9:12:48 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 18, 2023

Image quality, distortion, flare, and vignetting test results are now available on the Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens page.

Note that 1485mm is the longest focal length I have enough working distance and a small enough chart to test. Thus, the 2x results were captured a bit short of the lens's capability.

I'll share the wide-open aperture comparisons. Consider also comparing the lenses at the shared widest aperture.

Compared to the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens

Compared to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports Lens

Compared to the Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens

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Post Date: 12/18/2023 8:59:20 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Just posted: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens Review.

Another great Sigma lens option.

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Post Date: 12/12/2023 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 7, 2023

Image quality test results are now available on the Canon RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens page.

Here are some comparisons (discern between the different camera resolutions):

Compared to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens

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Post Date: 12/7/2023 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 4, 2023

Just posted: Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens Review.

This is a great little lens.

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Post Date: 12/4/2023 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 27, 2023

Image quality test results are now available on the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG DN OS Sports Lens page.

I expect that you are going to like these results. Be sure to explore the range of focal lengths.

Let's look at some comparisons:

Compared to the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II Lens (then look at the price difference)

Compared to the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Compared to the Tamron 70-180mm F2.8 Di III VC VXD G2 Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

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Post Date: 11/27/2023 3:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 24, 2023

Just posted: Canon RF 10-20mm F4 L IS STM Lens Review.

This is a fun lens.

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Post Date: 11/24/2023 3:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Just posted: Tamron 17-50mm F4 Di III VXD Lens Review.

Find out how this record-setting lens performs!

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Post Date: 11/21/2023 11:07:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 3, 2023

As promised, the Canon RF-S 10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens page is loaded with expectations and information, including MTF chart comparisons.

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Post Date: 11/3/2023 1:20:52 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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